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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eloisa James Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Desperate Duchesses Series Release Date:
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The Duchess of Cosway yearns for a man she has never met . . . her husband.

Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest—until disaster strikes.

The duke demands an annulment.

Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London ready to embrace the life of a proper duke, only to find that his supposed wife is too ravishing, too headstrong, and too sensual to be the docile duchess he has in mind. But Isidore will not give up her claim to the title—or him—without a fight.

She will do whatever it takes to capture Simeon's heart, even if it means sacrificing her virtue. After all, a consummated marriage cannot be annulled.

Yet in forcing Simeon into a delicious surrender, will Isidore risk not only her dignity—but her heart?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James puts a clever spin on a classic romantic plot in the latest scintillating installment in her superbly entertaining Georgian-era Desperate Duchesses series, once again beguiling readers with wonderfully original characters, wickedly witty writing, and lusciously sexy romance.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Values, cultures, and conduct clash in this intense, electric romance as two disparate people learn the real meaning of love. James has given readers another smart, bawdy Georgian tale.”

    Library Journal

  • “James is brilliant!…she also writes about claiming a marriage, building trust, kindling love and igniting passion with such power that readers will believe that with love, anything is possible.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • When the Duke Returns is full of fun, romance, passion, and the unique (case in point: the drains). Though the different titles all stand alone, true historical romance lovers won't want to miss this series.”

    Romance Reviews Today

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/5/2014

    " this has to be one of my favorite historical romances ever! i have reread this book a dozen times and it still pulls me in everytime! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marla Jo | 2/2/2014

    " I love these people!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/1/2014

    " I've read at least one other of these Desperate Duchesses books. I'd rather read series in order, even when it doesn't make a lot of difference, but as I don't care to actually own these books, I don't want to pay a lot for them. So I've stuck myself with getting them at either the library or used book stores. But Some of them I just can't find. So here we are. I get that they're doing a running thing with Jemma through them all, but reading them out of order's gonna make that irritating. But those party felt so disjointed from the rest of the story. Isidore and Gemma weren't together very often, so it felt weird. I had a hard time understanding the deal between Isidore and Cosway. His issues seemed incredibly stupid and they were both reluctant to talk about their issues in a way that seems extreme, even for the time period. For instance, they want a code word that he can say when it's life-threateningly important that she follow his orders? Um, why can't you just say, "This is life-threateningly important!"? Their whole story was kinda annoying. But the novelty of them both being virgins and just figuring out each other's bodies was a nice change from most of these stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kerste | 1/31/2014

    " I used to read (and enjoy) a lot of historical romance, but I think it may be entirely possible (considering how prolific this author is) that I have read too much urban fantasy and paranormal romance because overall, this story seems like it should have been interesting, however, I just could not get into it. I read it to the "bitter" end, which of course was a very simplistic HEA, but it was not my cup of tea. I didn't really like any of the characters. I thought they were all silly, their POV and concerns were so...uninteresting. And again, this may be because all the books I've read in the past 4 months...someone's LIFE has been at stake, not just someone worrying about being heard or liked or respected. Sigh. The whole "restraint" of the hero was not appealing to me and his final "unleashing" was entirely too tame for me. "

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